We have a historic choice to make today, a choice between strength and weakness containment and appeasement freedom and suppression prosperity and depression low taxes and high taxes honesty and mendacity respect for life and contempt for life More broadly, we have a choice between the philosophy of John Locke on which this country was built—one based on individual liberty and individual rights to life, … Continue reading Vote!

Locke v. Rousseau

Jonah Goldberg captures the political half of the course I’m now teaching precisely: I think the fundamental difference, the difference that defines the difference between American, Anglo-American conservatives and European welfare states, leftists or liberals, is Locke versus Rousseau. Every philosophical argument boils down to John Locke versus Jacques Rousseau. Locke holds that we have natural rights, rights that inhere in us as human beings … Continue reading Locke v. Rousseau

Roger Kimball on Will Smith and Utopianism

Roger Kimball has intriguing reflections on the utopian impulse and the underlying thought, stemming from Rousseau, that one can reshape human nature—all from thinking about Will Smith’s remark, “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today’,” said Will. “I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to … Continue reading Roger Kimball on Will Smith and Utopianism